Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2012 with funding from Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries http://www.archive.org/details/wellesleynews910well fr H . COLT. College flews Vol. 9. No. 10. WELLESLEY, MASS., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1909 Price 5 Cents MRS. SNOWDEN'S LECTURE. On Saturday afternoon, December ii, we had the pleasure of being personally conducted through Parliament by Mrs. Philip Snowden. — "Peeps at Parliament through a Woman's Eyes," she humor- ously put it with a suggestion of "the veiled mystery that that august institu- tion had lately become for women. Mrs. Snowden, to make her position clear, started by avowing herself a "loyal Briton." "Criticism in England," she explained, "does not mean disloyalty," and so, though she may laugh at some things British, she is at heart a loyal Briton. We are to start at the House of Lords, "a stupid institution," Mrs. Snowden had to confess, for, although aristocracy does mean something, two-thirds of the House of Lords have been created peers since 1801, and principally through mercenary reasons. "Still curiosities are interesting and we must see them." We are initiated into the time-old customs of the House, and particularly to " Black-rod "-—the iutie old military gentleman, as old as the customs themselves, who terrifies the Lords into order. It was in this House that the Suffrage movement began. In 1428, the London dames descended upon the House of Lords and shook their fists at them ; in the seventeenth century another attack was made, — "an assault of tongues," with language of foot soldiers. So the militant movement, instead of being modern, is really old and aristocratic. Opposite the House of Lords is the House of Commons. That stuffy cham- ber was rapidly described, the different "parties" below, with the galleries around — the women's at the very top with a grill in front to signify that everything be- hind it is virtually outside the House. The members are in full force at opening prayers — for the practical reason of get- ting a chair for the rest of the day, but when the work begins, the larger part re- tire to the card-room or the benches for a nap. But with the Suffrage Bill it is different — they are all there to oppose it. There are three readings that a bill has to go through before it passes to the House of Lords and is finally signed by the King. In the first two readings the Bill is thor- oughly discussed, the third reading is purely formal. The Suffrage Bill has passed the first two readings and has gone no further. You could hardly check a sigh of relief that it had passed so much danger safely, when told that any member, by merely expressing the wish, can keep a bill from a third reading. Mrs. Snowden ended by directly stating her views on suffrage. "Force," she de- clares, "is not justified if other means are possible," and she feels that the militant methods have hurt the cause. ' ' The women of Great Britain do not want votes for pure- ly selfish purposes," the question is, '"Does my country need me?" Then if she does, whether we want the vote or not, we should have it. In eloquent conclusion, Mrs. Snowden promised that "this broad- ening experience for women will make marriage more complete and motherhood stronger — will be like the Nile admitted to a new course — it will carry men, women and little children to crowning triumphant victory." After Mrs. Snowden and our English speakers of last year, how can we feel justified in taking the pleasure of thinking our English cousins "slow to catch the point?" It was all so delicately done- no American surface humor, given lenient- ly as pocket anecdotes are given to school children for gapping the dull stretches of the commissioner's speech, bui wit run- ning along with substantial fact — a hu- morous attitude rather than humorous ornament. And there was no forcing suffrage adages down unwilling throats, but the facts of the case were presented, the "fossilized" condition of Parliament, the need of "new wine in old flasks," the need of that very liberal, theoretical in- fluence which women are condemned for, to help that unwieldy machine, the British Constitution, was what was im- plied. MRS. MARKS READS HER PIPER On Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Lionel Marks (Josephine Preston Peabody), read from her new poetic drama, the "Piper." The play is a continuation of the quaint old legend of Hamelin, made familiar to us through Browning's delightful "Pied Pi- per of Hamelin." In her play, Mrs. Marks has succeeded in creating a character out of what had been limned by her predecessor as merely a figure for children's fancy. The Piper is portrayed as one of a group of strollers, outwardly scarce more than a gipsy, but inwardly a man of the deepest human sympathy, a man who sees the two cages in which we are imprisoned: the iron one of greed and the golden one of pride, and he strives in his own way to break the cages of such souls as he can influence. Angered that the burghers of Hamelin should esteem their purses before their given word, the Piper enchants the chil- dren with his music and leads them away to his safe hiding place. One child only escapes his magic call, Barbara, the daughter of the Burgomeister. The townsfolk, who have lost their children through the Burgomeister's avarice, de- clare that he shall not keep his child, but must give her up as a nun. This news reaches the Piper through one of his com- panions, Michael, who loves Barbara; but although the Piper will not give the chil- dren back to save this one, he promises to save her in another fashion. He resorts to his pipe again and the Barbara and Michael drama ends happily. While thus engaged the Piper encoun- ters Veronika, the mother of the little lame boy, the Piper's especial favorite- It is in this scene between these two un- fortunates, whose destinies are the com- plements each of the other, that the poet's purpose discloses itself most clearly ; that the Piper's idealism concentrates. After parting from Veronika, the Piper fights out his problem before the statue of Christ and f >\'/ impel' ■' tn frH-ng the ■■•■ ;1 - dren back to their parents. This is the only unconvincing detail of the play; the fact that, although the re- turn of the children has been so finely motived in the characterization of the Piper, it comes about through the in- fluence of the statue of Christ. One feels that, aside from the abruptness of the Piper's decision before the statue, the whole play would have gained by the entire omission of this deus ex machina. Indeed, that seems to be the only flaw in the characterization of the Piper, for it is much more consistent with him that he should have acted under the direct influence of Veronika, who is. after all, the real motive force in his decision. One is glad to know that an American poet can create a piece of such exquisite poetry and a play of fancy so practical for production. PHI SIGMA MASQUE. Society Phi Sigma gave its annual Christmas masque Saturday and Mon- day, both afternoon and evening. The old Irish legend was prettily written and prettily played — -being the story of the re- pentant fairies, denounced by the Church, who long to do some good deed, of the young bride who seeks the magic haw- thorn twig to bring good luck to her wed- ding day, of the Mother of Christ, who walks on the earth and defends the fairies from the curse of the Priest. The two scenes, opened with the chanting of carols far away, were quaintly staged, especially the second one, which opened on the brown-frocked fairies seated around a flickering fire. The acting was delicate and softened into sympathy with the old- time spirit which characterized the masque. COLLEGE NEWS College IKlevvs. Press of N. A. Lindsey & Co , Boston. Published weekly. Subscription price, $1.00 a year to resident and non-resident. All business correspondence should be addressed to Elizabeth Nofsinger, Business Manager, College News. All subscriptions should be sent to Miss Alice R. Porter. All advertising correspondence should be addressed to Miss B. M. Beckford, Wellesley. Editor-in-Chief, Kate S. Parsons, 1911 Associate Editor, Ruth Evans, 1911 Literary Editors, Emily D. Miler. 1911 Dorothy Mills, 1911 ALOMNiB Editor, Elizabeth W. Manwaring, 1902 Business Manager, Elizabeth Nofsinger, 1910 Subscription Editor. Alice R. Porter, 1910 Assist a nts Ridie Guion, 1911 Frances Gray, 1912 "Entered as second class matter, November 12, 1903, at the Post Office at Wellesley, Mass., under the Act of Congress, March 3, 1879." EDITORIAL. On page 3 of this issue are printed the resolutions adopted by the class of 1912 in regard to forensic burning, resolutions which will banish not only for this year but for years to come that feverish bur- lesque which has annually disturbed the disposition and credit cards of half the college. It is not the Avish of 1912 nor the intention of iqii to drop from the list of college customs this time-honored one of burning the Junior forensic — this decision is to be interpreted rather as a reversion to the original ceremony and a lopping off of those features which have transformed its quaintness into a boarding-school caper. The original intent of forensic burning was not to give room to a pleasant- ly exciting rivalry between Junior and Sophomore classes; this possibility of the ceremony has sprung up within the last few years, reached its flower of execution last spring and is now fortunately doomed to wither away. There can be little doubt in the minds of those who witnessed last year's farce, that it reached a significant climax. Preparations simmered for 191 1 long be- fore Christmas ; in February organized work began. Not Senior Play, surely not Student Government Elections, nor May Day, hardly Tree Day, can boast such elaborate planning, such expenditure of strength and wits and time, as that which nded through February, March and April of [909. A head was appointed for each campus house and tinder her direction the hours of every night from February to April were apportioned in h d< irmiti >rj to mi eral >le watchers wretches who struggled vainly through their appointed three hours to DEVELOPING AND PRINTING PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY BIRTHDAY AND WEDDING GIFTS IN TECO POTTERY, BRASS, PICTURES CIRCULATING LIBRARY RENTING DEPT.— We are continuing the renting of pictures, and in addition are renting Portable Electrics, Jardi- nieres, Tea Tables and Shirt-waist Boxes. ABELL STUDIO AND GIFT SHOP Wellesley Woman's flDeMcal College of Pennsylvania Sixtieth Annual Session. Thorough Course. Four years. Exceptional Facilities for Laboratory and Bedside Instruction. Post-Graduate Courses in Operative Gynaecology ; in Obstetrics, the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. A new hospital building in course of erection. Full particulars in catalogue. CLARA MARSHALL, M.D. Dean Box 900. 21st St. and North College Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. P. E. SALIPANTE Headquarters for New Figs, Dates, Nuts and Malaga Grapes. We make a specialty on Jar Figs Tel. 29=1 1 Grove Strett Orders Delivered Promptly DR. L. D. H. FULLER DENTIST Next to Wellesley Inn lei. 145-2 Hours: 8.30 — 5.30 Daily, Tuesdays excepted keep awake — who started at every rustle that rustled like 19 10, and gave so many- false alarms that we grew weary of the cry of "Wolf!" and the poor Sophomore President yearned wearily for the ap- pearance of said wolf. As the excitement increased, bad tempers augmented also. The nervous 191 1 zealot glared at the crafty one of 19 10 out of sheer principle; the strain began to be visible — many a heavy-eyed Sophomore cut more classes than her slip-shod academic work could afford. Figuratively speaking, 19 10 did not pay so high a price for their entertain- ment of one morning; literally they did. When we consider how many a castle in Spain needs only money to transfer it from that airy country to Wellesley soil, when we reflect how many organizations must creep and crawl slowly after their projects instead of advancing by leaps and bounds, because of this sordid lack, — it seems that over fifty dollars tritely thrown away is too thoughtless an expenditure. This was not the only loss to help condemn forensic burning; many a good class meet- ing might have discussed college affairs of greater import, many a clever plan and many a bit of hard thinking might have been expended with more material results. And the morning after forensic burning? The college is never more obnoxiously childish. It leaps and shrieks and giggles and talks of nothing else until the shade of Forensic Burning as It Originally Was, turns in its grave and murmurs "Im- becile!" A remark amply justified. The fact that this annual pleasantry is devoid of all purposes does not necessarily debar it from toleration amongst us; it is when 'In- pleasantry becomes actively impor- tant, when it comes to be "detrimental to the health of both classes and to their academic standing," then it is time to put it away. Wellesley College is grad ually doing this — she is putting away her blocks and growing up. While there is plenty of time, the foolish little nothings over which we grow excited may exist, but when the days grow more full and more significant, when, as we grow older, we see the -reat dr. J thai there is to be done, we grudge ever) spark '.l energy thrown awaj There .ire always present among us tin. e youthful enthusiasts who crv out againsl ii> li ,1 procedure as growing up, who bewail bitterly the taking awa) "i their pleasure ami the substitution ev< GIFT DRESSINGS Good taste, appropriateness, fine workmanship are the qualities ad= mired in Dennison's Christmas Gift Dressings. Ask your dealer to show you our complete line. Tags, Labels, Cards, Seals, Coin and Bill Holders, Glove and Handkerchief Holders, Gummed Ribbon, Etc. 20 jfranfelin St., Boston where of the disgusting academic; and they will be the first and loudest to protest vehemently against the action taken by 191 2. Those who base the reputation of a class on its cleverness in the matter of forensic burning, who have not out- grown the conception of class spirit bred in their High School days, — these are the ones who would make an unwilling kinder- garten of college activities, and these, we rejoice to observe, are at last in the minor- ity. In vain we assure them that forensic burning is not abolished, though we frankly admit the loss of its consuming excitement, —they will petulantly bewail the toy which has been taken away, making matters most uncomfortable for those who have seen fit to confiscate the toy. But the approval of the majority drowns the voice of the protesting few — and we turn to 191 2 with hearty gratitude for its resurrection of Forensic Burning as It Originally Was. IE ANY DEALER ll OFFERS YOU A SUBSTITUTE WHEN YOU ASK FOR THE Sample Pair, Mercerized 25c, Silk 60c. Mailed on Receipt of Price. CUSHION BUTTON HOSE SUPPORTER INSIST ON HAVING THE GENUINE OVER TWO HUNDRED STYLES WORN ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THE NAME AND THE MOULDEORUBBERBUTTON G eohu"^ Frost Co.. makiks, boston, mas*., u a » LOOK COLLEGE NEWS *■ o'n d"6^ 89 REGENT STREET ENGLISH Hand-Sewn Gloves FOR MEN AND WOMEN $1.50 the Pair MARK CROSS, 145 Tremont St. COLLEGE NOTES. At the evening session of the meeting of the Academy of Political Science with the League for Political Education, held Friday, December 3, at the Hotel Astor, New York, Miss Emily A. Balch of the Economics Department delivered an address on "The Preparation for the Economic Efficiency of Women." Mr. A. Burton Hepburn presided at the meeting. Mrs. Snowden and Sir Horace Plunkett, promoter of agricultural co-operation in Ireland, were the guests of honor. The Social Study Circle met Tuesday evening, December 7, at the Zeta Alpha House. The discussion on the "House of Lords," led by Miss Moffat, was most interesting. Scribblers met Tuesday evening, December 7, at the Tau Zeta Epsilon House. Emma Hawkridge read. The Round Table of Friends was held in Cambridge, Wednesday, December 8. Saturday, December n, the Eliot had a Christmas dinner and, following it, a dance in the Barn. Fiske had its Christmas party with a Christmas tree in the parlor, Tuesday, December 14. Freeman Cottage had a Christmas dinner Tuesday, Decem- ber 1 4 . FORENSIC BURNING. RESOLUTIONS. Whereas, we consider that the interference on the part of the Sophomore Class in Junior forensic burning is detrimental to the health of both classes and to their academic standing; and whereas it engenders a bitter class rivalry, — we, the Class of 1Q12, on the third day of December, nineteen hundred and nine, do hereby resolve to make no attempt to interfere with 191 1 's forensic burning. Dorothy Summy, Anna Christensen, For the Class of 19 12. The Class of 191 1 acknowledges the notice of the resolutions of the Class of 19 12 in regard to Junior forensic burning, and wishes to express its approval of the considerations upon which the resolutions are based. Signed. Christine Myrick, Mary Christie, December 10, 1909. For the Class of 191 1. NOT I CE. Owing to an omission in the last number of the Magazine, the result of the prize story contest was not announced. The prize story was written by Ruth Crossman, 1910, entitled "A Political Move." A HOUSE PARTY OF COLLEGE STUDENTS IS WHAT CHRISTMAS VACATION AMOUNTS TO AT Otfje OTelleslep 3nn Special Rates FIRST ARTIST RECITAL. At the first of the Wellesley College Artist Recitals, given on December 6 in College Hall Chapel, Madame Teresa Carre no gave a very interesting program; a program varying in brilliancy from the lyric sweetness of a Chopin prelude to the splendor and fire of a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodic The first of the four divisions of the program was occupied by Beethoven's Sonata, Opus 57 (Appassionata). This gave opportunity for display of the most brilliant technique as well as of the most delicate interpretative work. Perhaps more en- joyable to the audience was the Chopin group, which immedi- ately followed the Beethoven. Madame Carreno was very successful in her realization of the romanticism, the sentiment, the melancholy poetry of the Chopin atmosphere. The di- vision following was a miscellany, in which Beethoven, Schu- mann and MacDowell were represented. Then came a Liszt group, culminating splendidly in the brilliant Rhapsodie Hon- groise, Number 6. Throughout the performance, Madame Carreno's enjoy- ment of the situation was almost as manifest as the delight of the enthusiastic audience. She responded very generously to the applause, playing, in all, four encores, of which the most fa- miliar were, perhaps, the Chopin Etude and the Schubert Marche Militaire. The simplicity of her manner and the ab- sence of affectation in her playing, were very delightful. She held her audience to the end quite as much by the magnetism of her charming personality as by the greatness of her art. The program was as follows: Sonata, Op. 57 (Appassionata) Beethoven Allejj;r' ) Andante con moto Allegro ma non troppo Presto (a) Prelude, Op. 28, No. is \ (b) Nocturne Op 37, No. 2 ( c (c) Etude G Flat r ' (d) Polonaise A Flat, Op. 53 ) (a) Rondo, Op. 52, No. 2 Beethoven (b) Vogel als Prophet Schuman n (c) Barcarolle, Op. 35 } MacDowell (d) Hexentanz ) (a) Sonetto del Petrarca (b) Etude D Flat (c) Rhapsodie Hongroise, No. 6 THE PROBLEM OF CHRIST AND HIS MIRACLES. Immediately after the regular Christian Association meet- ing on Thursday evening, December 9, Dr. McConnell, President of De Pauw University, and well known to those of us who were at Silver Bay this year, spoke in College Hall Chapel on "The Problem of Christ." Throughout he emphasized that Christ was a living fact. If not, he said, why was there such a constant querying in regard to Him and His teachings on the part of thinking people, a querying that has always been and is to-day as strong as ever? Do we question a dead character so? Julius Caesar, for example? Could we have fifty-two sermons a year preached on every side of one person's character and have him mean as much to us in the end as Christ means to us to-day? As a proof of the reality of Christ in the lives of men, he pointed out what Christ has done for them ; the ptirpose he has put in their lives; and the satisfaction and content they have had in working in His name. He showed the power of Christ from the fact that, argue as we will about the little, unimportant details of His life (and no other factor in our lives receives such scrutiny as our religion), the spirit of Christ lives on, unstained and more wonderful and beautiful than before, having always withstood the test. "There is a vitality around the thought of Christ that is not around any other." 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I'jii. as the words of her topical song announced, found in the play Mice and Men, "something very witty and also very pretty." The play had true charm, grace and humor in the dialogue, and an attractive story which developed loveable and even noble qualities in the main characters. It was a very good selection for a class play, since it was not beyond un- professional abilities and yet gave plenty of opportunities for versatile and in- dividual acting. The story, in various pretty colonial settings which iqii's committee managed skilfully, was of a scientist and dreamer, disappointed in an early love affair, who planned to bring up a young girl by his own theories to his ideal of a woman. Choosing a wayward and attractive girl from a Foundling's Home, he adopted her. and as she grew to a woman fell deeply in love with her, only to find that she had meanwhile fallen in love with his nephew, and to give her up. in the end, to her happiness with the younger man. The character of "Little Britain," or Peggy, the adopted foundling, was the most appealing in the play, and Imogene Kelly in acting it, completely won the audience to her charm by her very natural and original playing. Quite free from self- usness, she was spontaneous enough to seem no1 to be acting, but living, so that to the audience she and IVggy were in- irable. Yet though her art was for- howed true imagination and points of power "I expre -ion in in- terpreting Peggy's moods, in lim lively refraining from exaggei i broadening the characterization. In the first act she played capitally the untrained, shy little foundling, with a mingling of wildness, curiosity, and a queer sense of funniness — and app he delicati outlines of the text in the scene where Peggy begins, in a callow way, to fall in love with the young Captain. In the second act she de- veloped the character into a girl of com- plete, though still unconscious charm, romping — a difficult thing to do on the Barn stage — with pure joyousness, but perplexed with new shades of moods in her love, still, as Miss Kelly delicately con- veyed, but half understanding it. And in the last two acis she portrayed a more complex and versatile woman, at last passionately in love, unhappy, rising to power of sacrificing her hopes, and even certainty of happiness, for the sake of the guardian whom she respects, and feels she has wronged. In all of this she maintained an intensity of emotion, which carried; but at the very last when happiness was re- stored to her she was not so convincing. Yet in spite of the fact that she found an attractive and suggestive part ready for her, we feel that in developing it she showed real creative power, and a charm and in- dividuality which would make itself felt from a professional stage. The steady background to this versatile Peggy was Mark Embury, which was acted by Eleanor Vliet. In this part there was not the need of varied, but of steady acting ; the qualities insisted upon in the character being intense and passionate love, com- bined with an unselfish idealism. Yet even given Miss Kelly's acting, the play's success or failure depended still on the playing of Miss Vliet's part ami the play succeeded. In moments without the pres- sure of emotion. Miss Vliet did not give as definite a characterization as Miss Kelly, although the text perhaps did not give the material. What she succeeded in doing, was in conveying an intense emolioi^ happy or unhappy, which convinced and moved the audience. There were ult to draw by a Barn per- formance. Her acting showed insight and care for details, and she had a good voice, and sensitive facial expression. The acting of both of these parts was on an unusually high plane. The requirement of the Captain in the play was to be a pleasing object for Peg- gy's love, attractive enough to counteract any lingering regrets which the audience might feel for Peggy's loss in the high character of her guardian. Miss Wood did not quite do this. Under ordinary cir- cumstances she might have, for her ap- pearance and voice were good, and in some of the love scenes — especially when she first sang to Peggy, " My love is like a red, red rose," and when she pursued Peggy at the ball, she was very good. But the play itself was weak in this part, and demanded, especially with Miss Kelly and Miss Vliet playing the other two parts, very skilful interpretation, even creation of the char- acter, as a contrast to Embury. Miss Wood lacked the debonnaire dash for the first act, and in the last failed to convince one of her sincerity. She was often a little too self-conscious and not quite ab- sorbed enough with her characterization ; so that her acting, which in some places was good, was on the whole uneven. The minor characters were well taken. Helen Paul, as Roger Goodlake, fell very naturally into her part, without self- consciousness, and with good, hearty voice and gesture. His wife, Joanna Goodlake, as acted by Gladys Best was delicately artificial, with well-affected supercilious manner and trailing inflections, a little monotonous at times. Mary Hewitt played the still more affected Sir Harry Trimblestone with the touch of exaggera- tion needed to make a farcical character. The most individual of the minor char- acters was the housekeeper, Mrs. Deborah, well acted by Kate Parsons. Motherly, affecting primness, but secretly delighting in pranks, Miss Parsons gave a deliciously droll and lifelike characterization, play- ing up very well to Miss Kelly, and adding to the fun of the comedy. Eula Ferguson as Peter, also played her part with humor, and a good laugh. Mary Welles, as Kit Barniger, the fiddler, used very good ges- tures both of hands and feet, but weakened her otherwise good acting by a rather lack-lustre voice. Harriet Strykerwas an attractive, if silent maid. The entrance of the foundlings in the first act was funny, and Dorothy Mills as the pompous Beadle, and Elizabeth Longacre as the Matron, were excellent in their small parts. The supernumeraries in the third act were a In tic to,, boisterous and unvaried in their passage across the stage — but were other- wise good. The production of the play showed the able coaching of Mrs. Edward Hicks, and the efforts of a very capable committee, with Hazel Hunnewell as chairman, and Dora Bogue, Marion Jewett, Ruth Evans, and Dorothy Hill as members, and Sarah Baxter and Ridie Guion as scene- shifters. On the whole i<)i i is to he congratulated on her Junior Play. COLLEGE NEWS IHE LOMBARD BLOUSE IS MOST POPULAR WITH WELLESLEY GIRLS We GUARANTEE the Blue Flannel Collar on Our $1.25 Blouse to be ABSOLUTELY FAST COLOR Our Blouses Are Not For Sale in Wellesley Stores MAIL ORDERS FILLED PROMPTLY Henry S. Lombard 22 to 26 Merchants Row, - BOSTON, MASS. FREE PRESS. i. In the discussion concerning the abolishment of societies it is well to emphasize the good ends which, in spite of their evils, it is agreed that societies at Wellesley have served, and to ask seriously what we can rely on to take their place in the social life of the college, in case they are abolished. To say nothing of plays and pageants, which it may be ad- mitted that other organizations could as well provide, are not these things true 5 (i) The opportunity for a bit of domestic life, the rest- ful homelikeness of a small house in which the student owns a share, is a distinct good in an overpoweringly large college for girls. (2) The society houses make an opportunity to dispense a gracious and graceful hospitality in small gatherings which the community as a whole would greatly miss were it taken away. (3) The returning alumna? who have the society connec- tion find themselves welcomed and at home even if they have been long out of college. The very statement of these advantages makes two things clear, namely, that it is the existence of society houses rather than societies themselves that contributes these pleasant fea- tures of social life at Wellesley, and that it is a great pity that such advantages should be limited to so few. Evidently the time has come to consider whether other organizations than closed societies could not better use these houses so as to minister to the same needs, but to do it for all and not for the privileged few. The following plan is presented for consideration. It seems to us to contain, what no plan worthy of consideration should fail to contain, provisions for the advantages mentioned above and extension of such advantages to all. Let four of the houses be made class houses, assigned in rotation, so that each class could have a college home for four years and on returning for its reunion w r ould return to that home. This would make a pleasant link between classes; it would distribute expenses of maintenance ; it would encourage gifts; it would further class solidarity, much needed where classes are so large. One of the two remaining houses could be used as the center for all academic societies, including the Graduate Club and whatever Department Clubs are now in existence. In such favoring circumstances new scholarly enthusiasms might be developed, which would compensate for the loss of the "work" of the present societies. The last house could be used as the center of all philan- thropic activities, whether connected with the Christian Asso- ciation or other independent organizations. Here the Social Study classes would hold their meetings and gather their books and periodicals and here guests would be received who came to enlist us in any good cause lying outside the sphere of our own college life. Eliza H. Kendrick, Adelaide I. Locke. II. We, as undergraduate students here at Wellesley, right- fully pride ourselves on a splendid Student Government Asso- ciation. By means of this association w r e are learning — quite unconsciously, perhaps — the meaning of government and democracy. We are working out here, on a smaller scale, it is If you want the Best Canned Fruit and Vegetables Try Our Brands— They will Please You. MARTIN L. HALL & CO., = = BOSTON ^M^/ Ladies' Matter 160 Tremont Street BOSTON Over the English Tea Room • IS U.S. PAT. OFF WRIGHT & DITSON CATALOGUE of Athletic Goods is out And should be in the hands of everyone interested in sports. The Basket Hall, Field Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Ladies' Gymna- sium Shoes and Sweater Goods are made up in the best models, the best stock, and are official. Kveryone admits that Wright & Ditson Sweaters and Shoes are superior in every way. Our goods are gotten up by experts who know how to use them. Catalogue Free. WRIGHT & DITSON, 344 Washington St., Boston 18 West 30th St., New York City Harvard Sq., Cambridge, Mass. 48 Wabash Ave., Chicago. III. 76 Weybosset St., Providence. R. I . true, the scheme of "a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Are we living up to the highest ideals of this democracy of ours when we tolerate the existence of certain institutions that encourage the clique, foster the snob and create a spirit of ex- clusiveness and inequality? Certain chosen ones are allowed to wear attractive little pins which show them to be members of this or that set and appear to give them certain rights above any other member of our democracy. Why is this the case? Why is it right for a favored seventh to speak with a certain air about "the house" and beg you during dinner, rather conde- scendingly, for a few "current events." " I really haven't read the paper for weeks," she will tell you. No, this state of affairs is not the ideal democracy, the Wellesley of our dreams. Whatever is done about this must come from the society girls themselves, and not from us who view the situation from the outside. We all have good friends among the society girls, friends whose judgments we respect and admire. Let us be op- timistic and put all our confidence and faith in these girls — they are worthy of it, and will surely act to the credit of the Alma Mater we all love. iqio. III. If societies exist on a false foundation principle, they must be wrong and should be abolished on the strength of" that alone. If it be found that their foundation principle is a good and sound one, then it is time to consider whether, here in Wellesley, they are doing harm or good. Miss Hawkridge last week de- fended their exclusiveness by stating an analogy with the ex- clusiveness in academic courses, sports and dancing. It seems to me that the cases are entirely different. The latter are open to all for application, provided the requirements, w r hich are definite and equally within the reach of everyone, are met. The opposite is true of societies, and herein lies their undemo- cratic character. In regard to social exclusiveness recognized and unrecog- nized. If exclusiveness is bad and contrary to the college ideal, it seems to me that recognized and approved exclusiveness is worse. If democracy really is the college ideal, it will abolish societies and public sentiment will be strong enough to keep down pronounced cliques. A certain amount of grouping is necessary, of course, because each person cannot have the same degree of intimacy with everybody else, but if everyone is on the same footing, these groups will be based merely on personality and will be elastic and overlap. There is no reason for clubs or cliques. If they exist, our democratic ideal is an empty one. At any rate we ought not to tolerate an organized embodiment of the opposite. Louise MacMullen, iqii. THE CONSIGNORS' UNION, Inc. FOOD SHOP 48 Winter Street, Boston LUNCH ROOM LUNCHEON II to 3 AFTERNOON TEA 3 to 5 Cake, Pastry, Bread, Etc. on Sale COLLEGE NE W'S igv^E/s CHOCOLA TE BONBONS DELICIOUS-DAINTY-PURE 416 Washington St. (4 Doors North of Summer St.) ItMenna Bakers anJ) Cafe Wellesley Spa Our Specialty FUDGE CAKE "tttEpS? PACKED UP TO SEND BY EXPRESS TO ANY PART OF U. S. 583 Washington Street, Opposite The Wellesley Inn OLD NATICK INN South Natick, Mass. Open Summer and Winter Single rooms and suites Breakfasts before 9 Dinner I to 2 Tea Served 4 to 6 Supper 6.30 to 7.30 Tel. Natick 9212 A. BARRATT, Mgr. JOHN A. MORGAN & CO. Pharmacists SHATTUCK BUILDING WELLESLEY WELLESLEY FRUIT STORE Wellesley Square (where the cars stop). Carries a full line of Choice Fruit, Confectionery and other goods, and Vegetables of all kinds usually found in a first-class fruit store. Also Olive Oil. Free Delivery. Tel. 138-2 GEORGE BARKAS. JAMES KORNTVED Ladies' and Gents' Custom Tailor Shaw Block, Wellesley Sq. Special Attention Paid to Pressing and Cleaning ALICE Q. COOMBS, Wellesley '93 Announces the Opening of a Tea Room and Food Salesroom in TAYLOR BLOCK Orders for Table Parties and Spreads Solicited Decorated Birthday Cakes a Specialty The Wellesley Grocery Co. Montague Block WELLESLEY, MASS. F. DIEHL, JR. Boarding and Livery STABLE Wellesley, - Mass. G. MARTIN SHAW Watchmaker and Optician Agent for the Provident Life and Trust Co. Wellesley, Mass. THE Olympian Home Made Candy Co. Ice-Cream, Confectionery VND Cream Waffles a Specialty 551 Wash. St. Wellesley, Mass. B. WILLIAMS, Prop. FREE PRESS— Continued. IV The main question is "Would the abolition of societies do away with social exclusiveness at Wellesley?" If she believed it could, the writer, who loves her society devotedly, would re- gretfully but unhesitatingly vote for its dissolution. Like many well-meant reforms, might it not defeat its own purpose? Can an act of legislation annihilate one of the elemental tendencies of human nature — the tendency toward social combination? The most impenetrable circle the writer ever knew at Wellesley was one of those "jovial eating clubs" mentioned in the last issue of College News. It was formed Freshman year and continued through Senior year. It had no fixed abiding place and the outsider might at any time happen to drop in upon one of its meetings, where she would be received with an apologetic cordiality most embarrassing. Would not such clubs multiply if societies were given up? Moreover, the writer numbers many non-society girls among her intimate friends and none of them has ever shown the least bitterness of spirit. Has the character of the " six- sevenths" changed in the last ten years, or are they being placed in a false position by the abolitionists' The college world is apt to be a world of theories, so per- haps an Alumna may be pardoned for urging a serious con- sideration of the practical side, before action is taken against an element of college life instituted by our honored founder, Mr. Durant. Alumna. V. As an Alumna of five years' standing, who has known an- other large woman's college rather intimately through two sis- ters who are alumnas there, and through several visits of longer and shorter duration, I wish to call attention to the fact that the danger pointed out in Miss Hawkridge's Free Press of December first is a real one. My observance of this college has led me to believe that the "unorganized and unrecognized clique" is more exclusive and infinitely more selfish there than any society at Wellesley, for the reasons Miss Hawkridge has pointed out. It is idle to imagine that things would be as they are, with the so- cieties dropped out — they would be quite different, for some- thing new will take the place of the old, and that new thing at another college actually has all the drawbacks predicted as possible for Wellesley. One word to the society girls who think it best to disband: The thing that is difficult is not therefore right — the thing that demands a sacrifice is not always the wisest or noblest thing to do, Cora Butler Conant, kjo4. VI. A girl who has never had an invitation to a society natural- ly hesitates to express her opinion of them now. But surely she should realize how vitally she is concerned, and how effective her voice is in the formation of public opinion. This is no time for self-consciousness. Wellesley's good, and Wellesley's good alone must be considered. If the social and intellectual benefits you have derived from the teas, and plays, and open meetings have been invaluable to you, speak. The societies may live. If you have been limited in your friendships, if your sense of justice has b i n affronted by the false social discrimination; if you recognize that :ocieties are devouring wholesome college life, speak. An institution fundamentally wrong, cannot live. Should every girl express her opinion, who knows in her inmost heart thai societies are nol only unnecessary, but an active I they must need yield under the preponderance of adverse criticism. The girl who does not think about the matter, and who does not take her share in the controversy, is as unpublic- spirited as she who indulges herself in her society at the ex- pense ■ 'i i he w elfare i >t I he c< illege Jessie Gillette French, njio. BOSTON OPERH HOUSE A monograph by F. H. Jackson, illustrated with portraits and dia- grams of the seats, and blank leaves for making notes of the various OPERAS and ARTISTS from the first performance. Can also be used as an AUTOGRAPH Album. Price, $1.00; by mail, $1.15 W. A. BUTTERFIELD, 59 Bromfield Street, Boston The Walnut HiU School NATICK, MASS. A College Preparatory School for Girls Miss Conant and Miss Bigelow Principals HOLDEN'S STUDIO 20 North Ave., Natick High Grade Portraits Telephone 109-5 Pianos for Rent DERBY'S Piano Rooms Clark's Block, Natick E. B. PARKER Boots, Shoes and Rubbers Repair Work a Specialty The Norman Wellesley Square Telephone 122-2 Wellesley Toilet Parlors Shampooing Scalp Treatment Hair Dressing Facial Treatment Manicuring Chiropody Taylor Block, Rooms 4-5, Wellesley Manager, Miss Ruth Hodgklns Assistants, Miss Hilda Lundberg and Miss Nina Boggs Open from 8.30, A.M. to 6, P.M. Monday until 8, P.M. TAILBY THE WELLESLEY FLORIST Office, 555 Washington St. Tel. 44-2 Conservatories, 103 Linden St Tel. 44-1 Orders by Mail or Otherwise are Given Prompt Attention. J. TAILBY & SON, Props. Wellesley, Mass. WELLESLEY TAILORING CO. W. ROSEINTHAL Ladies' and Gents' Custom Tailoring Suits Made to Order FURRIER 543 Washington Street, Wellesley, Mass. Tel. 349-2 DR. M. O. NELSON dentist Room 4, Walcott Building Natick, Mass. Tel. Natick 101-13 COLLEGE NEWS The Sample Shoe ^ and Hosiery Shop Have only TWO Shops in BOSTON 496 Washington Street, Cor. Bedford Street, and 74 Boylston Street, Cor. Tremont Street (Both Stores up one Flight.) Our Prices, $2.00 and $2.50 a pair for $3.50, $4.00 and $5.00 grades. MUSIC NOTES. BILLINGS HALL. Recital of Christmas music under the direction of Miss Mapes, Chorister of the College Choir. Professor Macdougall, Accom- panist. Tuesday, December 14, 1909, at 4.20, P.M. Program. Voice : Cantique de Noel Gounod Miss C. Belle Mapes, tgio. (Violin obligato by Miss Mary Welles, 191 1.) Piano: Humeresque Tchaik >\\ r sky Black Key Etude Chopin Miss Katherine Mortenson, 191 2. Chorus: Three Christmas Carols: "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" ... Old English "As Joseph was a-walking" C. Hazard 'The Kings of the East are Riding". C. G. Hamilton (Words by Miss Katherine Lee Bates.) The Wellesley College Choir. Violin: Air varie de Beriot Miss Mary Welles, hut. Voice: "Le Carol des petits oiseaux" Chaminade "Christmas Eve Thought" Bullard Miss Alice D. Leavit, 1910. Hymn: "Q Come. All Ye Faithful," In Excelsis, No. 185, J. Reading Sunday Morning, December 12, 1909. Processional: "As Joseph was a-walking C. Hazard Service Anthem: 'There were Shepherds" ... W. B. Foster Sermon by the Reverend Lyman Abbot, D. I). Recessional 202. CHRISTMAS VESPERS. Service List. Sunday evening, December 12, 1909. Service Prelude. Processional: 'The Kings of the East are Riding," C. G. Hamilton Invocation. Hymn 187. Service Anthem: Recitative and Chorus from "The Messiah," Handel Psalm 118. (Gloria Patri.) Scripture Lesson. Address by the President. Prayer. Organ: "March of the Magi" Th. Dubois Choir: " Nazareth" Ch. Gounod Harp Solo: Andante religioso Rossini-Alvars Choir: "When I View the Mother Holding" G. W. Chadwiek "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"... H. W. Parker Prayers (with choral responses). Antiphonal Recessional: "Ye Shepherds Leave," Old French The W r ellesley College Choir. Miss Smart, soloist, assisted by Mr. Heinrich Schuecker, harpist; Mr. A. T. Foster, violinist; Professor Macdougall, organist. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY. The Christian Science Society of Welleslev holds services each Sunday morning at 10.45 o'clock in the Town Hall, and every Wednesday evening at 7.45 o'clock in Sxiite 11, Taylor Block, Welleslev square. A Liberal Education Includes a Knowledge of % Chocolates, anb Confections Until you taste them you do not know sweets at their best. Sole Agenl for Wellesley. N. CLARK CLEMENT Ladies' Ready=to=Wear Department Gloves, Jabots, Collars, Riding-Stocks, Mufflers, Waists and Sweaters New and Exclusive Styles ris* ^3 Washington and W^/Xy^X Summer Streets, —/■ r ■* Boston, U.S.A. WELLESLEY AND ROCHESTER. The convention which has seemed so far away in point of time is now becoming very much of a reality, as the calendar tells us that December twenty-ninth is not far distant. When we return from Christmas vacation this great quadrennial con- vention of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Mis- sions will be over. But will it? For those who attend, it sure- ly will not be a thing of the past, and for the rest of the college it will have just begun. Our delegates are chosen and the mem- bers of the Wellesley Club of Rochester are making plans to entertain our delegates in their homes, and this feature of the convention days makes them even more attractive. No one goes in a selfish spirit, for each girl feels that as one of the eight chosen she represents one-eighth of the student-body. Tho 1 of you who, by the strict limitation of numbers, are not per- mitted to go, need not look in vain to the few who do go. Make up your minds to make this privilege your own. Ask the dele- gates about it now and after vacation. Follow it in the ]>a]>er> from December twenty-ninth to January second, and if you live too far from New York state for this, ask some one who is going to have a Rochester newspaper, with full reports, sent to you every day. You cannot afford to miss the broadening influence of this convention. STURTEVANT & HALEY BEEF AND SUPPLY COMPANY 38 and 40 Faneuil Hall Market BOSTON Telephone 933 Richmond HOTEL SUPPLIES A SPECIALTY 8 COLLEGE NEWS L. P. HOLLANDER & CO. XTlscful Christmas Gifts ^^5!^j^is^: u ^^tSt"^^ letter poxes, Writing tablets;, Mt$k &etsi, $aper 3tafeetsi, aitb Vetoing Jtefeets. Many Small Novelties from 85c to $5.00 pags for all occasions, portfolios, goung Habiesi' #oiwns, Coat*, Waists anb ftats Jlarkeb at Greatly &ebuceb prices. 202 to 216 BOYLSTON STREET, BOSTON ALUMN/E NOTES. In addition to notes concerning graduates, the Alumnae column will contain items of interest about members of the Faculty, past and present, and former students. The November number of the Bulletin Officiel de la Society Nationale des Professeurs Francais en Amerupie contains a ten- paper by Mile. Valentine Puthod, O. A., Instructor in French (now on leave of absence) at Wellesley. Miss Puthod was the delegate appointed by the S. N. P. T. to the Inter- national Congress of Professors of Living Languages held in Paris last spring. Her paper, which is a report of the proceedings of this congress while en Sorbonne, has been highly commended as a full and concise report of the conclusions reached by five hundred and seventy representatives gathered together from the ountries of Europe and America, concerning methods in use and which are likely to affect in great measure the teaching of modern languages. Miss Josephine Howes, 1909, is taking the course for college graduates in the Keene (N. H.) Normal School. Miss Minnie Packard, 1909, is teaching in Southboro, Mas- husetts. Miss Mary Brigham Hill, 1893, is building a home in Red- la in Is, California. Her mother is with her, and her father, Mr. Junius W. Hill, who is at present in Boston, will join them later in the winter. Miss Emilie 11. Callaway, [906, is playing with George Fawcett, in "The Great John Yanton," under the Shuberl management. Miss Annette Gardner Munro, 1881-83, has been recently appointed Dean of Women at the University of Rochester. Miss Munro is the first person to occupy the position, which has been provided by action of the trustees since the confirmation ol the University's title to the Morgan estate, by which the Uni- ity has become possessed of some $93,000, for women's education Miss Munro is the assistant librarian to the Free Public Library of Portland, Oregon, a position of large executive re pon ibility Her work at Rochester will begin with the 1 ipening ol the winl er 1 erm, [910. Mr. Ernest Knaebel, husband of Cornelia Park, 1896, ha i. appointed Assistant United States Attorney-General. Mr. and Mrs. Knaebel will live in Washington, I). C, for the next four years. The following li I 0! Welle lej Clubs, with the name and ad- the Secretary of each, is kindly furnished by Miss Mary Bo ton Wi Club Mi Alice Stockwell, 23 Orkney Road, I Via achusetl Buffalo Weill lej Club (not fully organized) address Miss Elsa D. lame , no, D< Avenue, Buffalo, New York. Chicago V Club: Miss Ruth Carpenter, [314 Hin- man Avenue, I m LUino Cleveland Weill li Club: Miss Be ie C, Champney, .'kjo East 40th Strei t, < ie\ eland , Ohio, Colorado Wellesley Club Mis Helen Harrington, [463 Soir I treet Denvei Coli iradi 1, Detroit Wellesley Club: Miss Catharine H. Dwight, 781 Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. Fitchburg Wellesley Club: Miss Harriet M. Silsby, Hastings Hall, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Hartford Wellesley Club: Miss Florence G. Bryant, 953 Main Street, East Hartford, Connecticut. Minneapolis Wellesley Club: Mrs. Cyrus Barnum, 2103 James Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota. New York Wellesley Club: Miss Emma L. MacAlarney, 500 West 121st Street, New York City. Northfield Wellesley Club : Miss Leslie Conner, Northfield Seminary, East Northfield, Massachusetts. Pittsburgh Wellesley Club (not fully organized) : Address Mrs. Henry S. James, 5806 Howe Street, Pittsburgh, Penn- sylvania. Portland Wellesley Club (not fully organized) : Address Miss Gladys Doten, 235 State Street, Portland, Maine. Rochester Wellesley Club: Miss Jennie Mae Clark, 41 Vick Park B, Rochester, New York. Southern California Wellesley Club: Miss Alice E. Heber, 2708 West gth Street, Los Angeles, California. Springfield Wellesley Club: Miss M. Josephine C. Bowden, 192 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Massaclmsetts. St. Louis Wellesley Club: Miss Louise McNair, 429b Wash- ington Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri. Washington Wellesley Club: Miss Katharine R. Elliott, 2703 14th Street, Washington, D. C. Wellesley Club of Philadelphia: Miss Margaret E. Dungan, 3232 North 1 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wellesley Club of San Francisco : Wellesley Club of Taunton: Miss Florence H. Stone, 20 Cedar Street, Taunton, Massachusetts. Worcester Wellesley Club: Miss Alice A. Burlingame, 17 Somerset Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. MARRIAGE. December 3, 1909, at Great 1908 Kills, Staten to Mr. Frank Allen Stoker — Cole, uclciuuci Island, New York, Miss Mabel S. Cole St 1 irer. BIRTH. December 2, [909, in New York City, a son, Richard Thorn- ton, to Mrs. Wilt v,-rt S. Drew (Maria A. Kneen, [893). DEATH. October 24, 11)09, at Byculla, Bombay, India. Edward Chandler Hunsberger, son of Elizabeth Hume Hunsberger, CHANGES OF ADDRESS. Fraulein Kate Woltereck, formerly Instructor in German, Gartenhaus, G. Franz Joseph Str., Munich, Germany. Miss Josephine M. Burnham, of the Department of English Composition, 95 Howe Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Mi Mabel M, Young, of the Department of Mathematics, 1102 McCulloh Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. Frank A, Storer (Mabel S. Cole, M)o8), In care of American Trading Company, Inc., 590 Reconquista, Buenos Aires, Argentine, S. A. Miss Henrietta A. Mirick, [892, The St. Albans, Reno, Nevada, Mrs. Harry Lockwood (Mary Chase, [896), 440 Newbury Street , Boston (tempi irary l. Mrs. Henrj Elmwood Cass ( Beata Werdenhoff , 1908) [902 ith Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota.